Published by Harper Collins on June 2nd 2004
Genres: Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths
Format: eBook, Audio Book
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Audible
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Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself 'The Gingerbread Man' is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.
While avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Jack and her binge-eating partner, Herb, must catch the maniac before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.
Whiskey Sour is the first book in the bestselling Jack Daniels series, full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
“I was overworked, underpaid, and socially retarded.
I discovered J. A. Konrath over Christmas break, and in devouring all of his thrillers I came across a mystery series. Whiskey Sour is the first book in Konrath’s Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries. This book is a big departure from his techno-thrillers. Though Jack investigates heinous crimes, the novel is written with loads of humor and snark to help balance the story and to keep it from being too dark. Jack Daniels is a strong female character, but human enough to be relatable to readers.
In this first novel, Lieutenant Jack Daniels is dealing with getting dumped by her boyfriend while hunting ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ a killer who is mutilating and killing women around town. Like many of Konrath’s villains, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ is a brutal killer. The scenes he’s in are quite gruesome, and I was happy for the funny scenes involving Jack and her partner, Herb. The narrator made the killer sound super creepy, and gave me the chills while listening to his point of view chapters.
“Sorry to hear about your Dad.”
He shrugged. “He was seventy, and we always told him fast food would kill him.”
“He was hit by a Pizza Express truck.”
I really enjoyed the actors who voiced Jack and Herb. Their comedic timing was perfect, and they also played the dramatic scenes really well. Plus, they were really believable as veteran cops. The two characters seemed like old partners, and I appreciated that they weren’t romantic in any way. Their friendship and camaraderie were aspects of the book I enjoyed and helped to counteract the more gruesome scenes. I would recommend this book for fans of detective stories and mysteries. The case was interesting, the villain was quite compelling, and the detectives were pretty snarky.